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How to deliver the goods and bring joy in a time of crisis

Letters to the Editor


Stock photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Stock photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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Stock photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Just one story from the Covid-19 front-line. My wife and I had a visit from our lovely young neighbour, Oonagh.

A knock on the door. My wife answered. Oonagh stood well back.

Oonagh works in Aldi in Donegal town. Oonagh offered to take our weekly shopping list and deliver same.

Words fail me.

Brian McDevitt

Glenties, Co Donegal

Teens who spit at pensioners know they won’t be punished

When a teen thinks that it’s great fun to cough or spit into the face of an elderly person, there is something seriously wrong with our society.

Even if they believe they don’t have the virus themselves, what they do know is the fear it will create in an elderly person, the majority of whom have an underlying illness and who will go home terrified of having contracted the virus and spreading it to an equally elderly wife/partner.

This is what is most unsettling about this behaviour.

Does this go on in other countries? I have not heard of it but I would assume the answer is no, because in other countries they would not be treated with kid gloves by the police or the courts.

They would be hauled off the street and punished severely.

But here in this country, a finger is wagged in their face and off they go, skipping out of the police station/court with a smile on their face, usually accompanied by an equally smiling parent/guardian.

It is an indication of the lack of parenting skills when we see these teens are raised without any moral compass to guide them, a moral compass obviously missing in the parents.

Anthony McGeough

Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24

Virus is threatening disaster on a terrifying scale in Gaza

The Gaza Strip contains two million people and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

For the past 10 years these people have been locked into the territory and cannot travel outside it.

On Monday the first two cases of the Covid-19 virus heralded a massive humanitarian crisis for these beleaguered folk. There is a massive shortage of testing kits in Gaza.

Israeli human rights organisation

B’Tselem has also said on March 23 that the spread of the coronavirus in Gaza would be “a massive disaster resulting entirely” from

the conditions created by the Israeli blockade.

Only a suspension of the ban on movement and international aid can stop a massive loss of life.

Fergus Jordan

Greystones, Co Bray

By using the land and skills of our people we can get through

I fully agree with Michael Foley of Rathmines.

Let’s look at the positives.

We have the best meat produce in the world.

We have a fishing fleet that can supply all the fish we can eat.

With our climate we can produce top-class crops of the finest vegetables. We can be a vegetarian’s paradise.

It is time to focus on our own needs. Bring together all our organisations, the Irish Farmers’ Association, Teagasc, agricultural contractors, etc.

Now as the sowing season gets under way, it’s time to get to work on our precious land, to produce an abundance of what we need at a very low cost or possibly free.

This would be a temporary measure, but it’s plain to see that this is an emergency.

Michael Waters

Co Galway

We should show gratitude to those who go the extra mile

I can't overstress the importance of using the ‘T’ word.

To the medical professionals, hospital aides, supermarket, restaurant and public transit workers who literally put their lives on the line 24/7 so that we can at least try to live a normal life during these hectic times, how about we all shout out a big THANK YOU to these selfless, brave folks?

Herb Stark

Mooresville, NC 28117 USA

Time for us all to put our money where our mouths are

In the crash we banked on banks and they let us down. Now we are banking on ourselves.

Credit where credit is due.

Ed Toal

Killiney, Co Dublin

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